TKI Wind op Zee published a report in which an analysis of potential cost reductions in the offshore wind sector until 2030 and after was made. The report "Pathways to potential cost reductions for offshore wind energy" was drawn up by TNO and BLIX Consultancy and commissioned by RVO and TKI Wind op Zee.
One of the report's conclusions is that by 'simply' upscaling the size of turbines and wind farms, combined with the effect of learning curves, costs could be reduced by nearly 33% in 2030. The report also identifies a number of incremental innovations, some of which are of a technical nature, whereas other innovations are focused on finance and market conditions. With regard to technical innovations, 'Design for lifetime extension up to 40 years' seems to offer the largest contribution to cost reduction.
The report also contains an analysis of potential cost reductions of disruptive or emerging innovations, which could be implemented after 2030. The six most promising innovations are:
• Robust, self-diagnosing and healing wind turbines;
• Alternative wind turbine concepts (including floating wind);
• Turbine load control/lifetime extension;
• Smart wind energy;
• Optimised wind turbines including smart turbine design;
• Wind energy and P2X e.g. Hydrogen.
To access the report, please click here.
Tuesday 2 February, during TKI Wind op Zee Live, we will ask Imke Maassen van den Brink (BLIX Consultancy) and Bernard Bulder (TNO) about the most important conclusions and discuss the report. To join the first edition of TKI Wind op Zee Live, please register here.